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Acceptance & intimacy

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About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times

Based on the historic New York Times series, About Us features intimate, firsthand accounts on what it means, and how it feels, to live with a disability.

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Bradshaw On: The Eight Stages of Man (1982) E6: They Lived Happily Ever After

Episode Six: They Lived Happily Ever After. Psychologist/Theologian John Bradshaw traces human life through eight stages of psychosocial development (based on the works of Erik Erikson) focusing on the ego needs and strengths of each stage.

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The What and How of True Intimacy

Intimacy. People often confuse it with sex. But people can be sexual without being intimate. One night stands, friends with benefits, or sex without love are examples of purely physical acts with no intimacy involved.

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FindCenterLove allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. Where you are understood, you are at home. Understanding nourishes belonging. When you really feel understood, you feel free to release yourself into the trust and shelter of the other person’s soul.

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FindCenterPerhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence.

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FindCenterThe act of quiet nighttime talking illustrates for me more than anything else the curious alchemy of companionship.

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FindCenterA gift, to be a gift, has to be accepted. Otherwise it lies like a burden between people.

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FindCenterWhat you really long for is a deep intimacy with your own experience—the deepest acceptance of every thought, every sensation, every feeling. And that cannot come from outside of yourself.

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